Nikkel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The rich and ancient history of the Nikkel family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the personal name Nicholas. The Latin form of this name was Nicolaus, and it was derived from the Greek name Nikolaos, which is derived from the words nikan, which means to conquer, and laos, which means people.  However, the name is best remembered by an American corruption of his name: Santa Claus. The surname Nikkel uses the patronymic suffix -son.
Early Origins of the Nikkel family
The surname Nikkel was first found in Cumberland and Northumberland where "most families of this name trace." 
"With few exceptions confined to the northern half of England, being most frequent in Cumberland and Northumberland, and afterwards in Durham and in the adjacent parts of Yorkshire. From the north of England the Nicholsons and Nicolsons have extended into the Scottish border counties, especially into Dumfriesshire." 
Early History of the Nikkel family
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Nikkel Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nikkel have been found, including Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.
Early Notables of the Nikkel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nikkel family to Ireland
Some of the Nikkel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Nikkel, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Nikkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Nikkel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per Castra ad astra
Motto Translation: Through the camp to the stars.